Shani Mootoo was born in Ireland, grew up in Trinidad, and lives in Canada. She holds an MA in English from the University of Guelph, writes fiction and poetry, and is a visual artist whose work has been exhibited locally and internationally. Mootoo's critically acclaimed novels include Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab, Valmiki?s Daughter, He Drown She in the Sea, and Cereus Blooms at Night. She is a recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award, a Chalmers Arts Fellowship, and the James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Award from the Lambda Literary Awards. Her work has been long- and shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the International DUBLIN Literary Award, and the Booker Prize. She lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.
This week in news that isn't about that open letter, we recommend books for food lovers this Culinary Arts Month, gab about our July #ALUbookclub pick, share new poetry from Kevin Spenst, marvel at some nerdy engineering, and more.
Last week we introduced you to our July book club pick Polar Vortex by Shani Mootoo with a little behind-the-scenes interview with publisher Book*hug Press on how the book came to be. This week we put on our best Zoom backgrounds and got chatty with each other about ... Read more
This week we shared our summer reading picks, chatted with publisher Book*hug Press about our #ALUbookclub pick Polar Vortex, talked writing and rituals with Gary Barwin, and more!
To kick off our annual summer book club, we virtually chatted with Book*hug Press, the team that brought us Shani Mootoo's newest novel Polar Vortex.
It's our fifth annual All Lit Up Summer Book Club! Despite not being patio-side this year, we'll be spending the next two months gabbing virtually with publishers and authors and each other about books — follow along with us! This year's instalment of book club brings you ... Read more
This week we continued our penultimate week of NPM celebrations with more author interviews and poems, and quietly (and unrelatedly) wondered to ourselves "why does anyone make bread when they can buy it?" (We get why, ps).
Holy Toledo: there are THREE LPG40 events coming at'cha this week in St. John's, Vancouver, and Winnipeg! Not enough? There's also IFOA going down in Toronto, and some author readings mixed in for good measure.
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